A Round-the-World Contest Print

Jacket cover of

March is Women's History Month, and readers can mark the occasion by learning about two of America's most adventurous women.  In 1889, after Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days became popular, two publications sent female reporters on their own race around the world to beat the fictional record.  In Eighty Days, Matthew Goodman recounts the frenzied journeys of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland and offers a fascinating look at life during the late 19th century.  On a personal level, Bly and Bisland were a study in contrasts, but both were pioneering journalists who challenged gender stereotypes in the Victorian era.